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  • Coalition Chronicles

    Winter 2013

    newsletter

    CCADV’s Wendy Mota Kasongo (3rd from left) in Brazil with São Paulo, Brazil Police Commissioner, Dr. Rosi Correa (2nd from left) and Brazilian

    Professional Exchange Program participants.

    Inside: Women’s Policy Day CCADV & CT Division of Criminal Justice National Campaign to Engage Men Member Spotlight - Women’s Center Caller ID Spoofing

    And more...

  • Staff

    Karen Jarmoc Executive Director

    Heidi Jarvis Director of Finance & Administration

    Tonya Johnson Director of Program Operations

    Liza Andrews Communications & Public Policy Specialist

    Linda Blozie Training & Prevention Coordinator

    Joe Froehlich Law Enforcement Coordinator

    Wendy Mota Kasongo Diversity & Accessibility Coordinator

    Marie Kenny Member Agency Services Coordinator

    Geralyn O’Neil Wild Legal Advocacy Coordinator

    Margaret Rosa Member Agency Services Coordinator

    Nancy Turner Offender Risk Reduction Coordinator

    What’s Inside...

    Women’s Policy Day..................................................................... 2

    Remembering Judge Hauser....................................................... 3

    CCADV Partners with CT Division of Criminal Justice............ 3

    Capitol News................................................................................ 4

    Your Voice Counts - Engaging men in our work........................ 5

    Member Spotlight - Women’s Center of Greater Danbury........ 6

    CCADV Annual Appeal............................................................... 7

    Winter/Spring 2013 Trainings Announced................................. 7

    Caller ID Spoofing........................................................................ 8

    CCADV Staff Visits Brazil through Exchange Program............ 8

    Who Is CCADV? The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) is the state’s leading voice for victims of domestic

    violence and those agencies who serve them. Founded in 1979, CCADV is a membership organization of 18 domestic violence agencies that provide critical support to keep victims safe 24 hours per day, wherever they live

    in our state. To that end, CCADV works at a state and national level to create and implement policy changes that strengthen Connecticut’s response to domestic violence. We collaborate closely with a number of community,

    government and business leaders to ensure a systematic and comprehensive approach to victim services and offender accountability. As the only statewide organization representing the 18 domestic violence agencies in Connecticut, we work stridently to build membership capacity through comprehensive training and technical

    assistance. Through an immediate response, like our statewide hotline, we aim to protect and improve the lives of victims. Whether seeking safety through shelter, assistance with court proceedings, or counseling, our member

    agencies work tirelessly to meet the needs of victims. If you know someone who needs our help, please call our statewide domestic violence hotline at 888-774-2900 to be connected to your local domestic violence agency.

    Winter 2013 • Page 1

    Winter 2013

  • Over 100 people participated in the 2nd Annual Women’s Policy Day held on November 27th at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The focus of the initiative is to inform and motivate women to engage in the legislative process and acquire the tools to understand and articulate policy change.

    Participants were greeted by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. Both women spoke about their path to elected office, which grew out of a passion to solve problems at a local level that were impacting their children. They noted the importance of women getting involved in policy and speaking up about the issues that matter most to them.

    The day also included remarks from Connecticut’s Healthcare Advocate, Vicki Veltri, regarding the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on women’s health. The ACA, parts of which have already been implemented in CT, goes into effect on January 1, 2014. One major change to health policy included in the ACA is the prohibition of gender rating, which currently allows in-

    surers to charge women a higher premium simply for being female. Click HERE to read Ms. Veltri’s presentation.

    Women’s Policy Day also included a panel of female legislators including State Senators Terry Gerratana and Toni Boucher, as well as State Representatives Penny Bacchiochi, Kim Fawcett and Linda Gentile. The panel was moderated by CTNewsJunkie’s Melissa Ozols and provided participants with a chance to hear about the challenges facing women elected to office and the pressing policy issues they believe have support on both sides of the aisle. Panelists discussed ways in which attendees can become more involved in the process and encouraged them to make their voices heard before the General Assembly.

    Included in the day’s activities were a “legislative basics” training and a mock public hearing. Participants heard from veteran advocates Natasha Pierre, who serves as the Policy & Legislative Director for the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and Kim Harrison, who owns a government relations firm and lobbies on several social justice issues including domestic violence. The training provided an overview of how the CT General Assembly works and provided tips for testifying and reaching out to legislators. Both activities left the audience strategically positioned to be effective change leaders on the issues that matter most to them.

    The event was co-sponsored by CCADV, CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of CT, Junior League of Hartford and CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund.

    2nd ANNUAL WOMEN’S POLICY DAY

    Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman offers welcoming remarks.

    Secretary of the State Denise Merrill

    encourages women to engage in the political process.

    Winter 2013 • Page 2

    Save the Date Spring Gathering to Benefit CCADV

    Wednesday, March 27th 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Hosted by CT Attorney General George Jepsen and Diana Jepsen

    Thank you to event sponsor:

    http://www.ctcadv.org/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/VeltriPresentation11.27.12.pdf

  • Victims and Advocates Lose a

    Champion

    This past November domestic violence victims and advocates lost a true champion after the passing of Judge Lawrence L. Hauser. Judge Hauser, who presided over both family and criminal court cases dur- ing his time on the bench beginning in 1985, spearheaded the creation of the state’s first dedicated domestic violence docket.

    Often cited as one of his proudest accomplishments, the domestic vio- lence docket in Bridgeport changed the way courts respond to domestic violence and became a model for other courts across the state. Look- ing to improve victim protections and increase offender accountability, Judge Hauser created a system that ensured continuity during prosecu- tion by maintaining the same judge, prosecutor, bail commissioner and victim advocate throughout the case.

    Advocates recall Judge Hauser as a compassionate judge committed to fairness and ensuring the well- being of victims. His advocacy and dedication will be truly missed.

    CCADV PArtners with Ct DiVision of

    CriminAl JustiCe

    Judge Lawrence L. Hauser 12/16/42 - 11/20/12

    Winter 2013 • Page 3

    This past fall CCADV and the CT Division of Criminal Justice began hold- ing quarterly roundtables with state prosecutors and domestic violence victim advocates. Intended to enhance communication and teamwork, the roundtables will provide an opportunity for participants to further under- stand each other’s roles in responding to domestic violence.

    Recognizing that strong collabora- tion must exist between prosecu- tors and victim advocates to en- sure a comprehensive response to domestic violence, CCADV reached out to the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office to establish this critical part- nership. The roundtables will allow participants to identify best prac- tices that will improve outcomes for victims and increase offender accountability. Joint recommenda- tions for stronger policies will be submitted to the Chief State’s Attorney in the spring.

    As part of this joint effort, CCADV also hosted training for prosecutors and Family Violence Victim Advocate (FVVA) Supervisors in January. The Chief State’s Attorney’s Office is invested in increasing the capacity of prosecutors to more effectively handle domestic violence cases while balancing victim safety and offender accountability. The training also sought to enhance the ability of FVVAs to advocate for victims in the court system.

    Michelle Kaminsky, author and Bureau Chief, Domestic Violence Bu- reau, Kings County New York District Attorney’s Office, presented on the legal dilemmas that domestic violence victims face in the criminal justice system. Providing first-hand knowledge gained through twenty years of experience, Ms. Kaminsky discussed the challenges of prosecuting domes- tic violence cases and offered possible prosecutorial strategies for success- ful convictions. She also stressed the importance of prosecutors and victim

    advocates building working relationships and offered tips to FVVAs regarding what informatio